Unweathered Ubiquity: 1970 Ford Torino 47K One Owner Survivor – Sold?

by | Dec 2021 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

January 7, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

When new, popular cars have a way of dotting the landscape that makes them appear to be everywhere. As they age, however, that ubiquity fades to rareness over the years.  One example is this 47K original mile 1970 Ford Torino originally listed in December 2021 in Oceanside, California (Santa Barbara). Not one of the more desirable GT or Cobra trimmed models, other than the stylish two-door hardtop body, this 302-powered, black bench seat, base model is similar to what most Torinos roaming the streets in 1970 looked like.

However, when you garage an otherwise ubiquitous based model car its entire life, never let it sit outside at night, and never even expose it to inclement weather, 51 years later you have a like-new survivor quality car that appears unweathered as the days it left the factory. That is what makes this “plain Jane” Torino unique.

Currently offered for $24,500 currently, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Ford Torino priced three hundred dollars less than its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $24,800.  Interestingly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool provides a much different assessment as in this case the asking price is nearly seven thousand dollars above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,950. The premium here is for unweathered, like new originality.

Ready to be confused?  Ford of North America produced the Torino in three generations between 1968 and 1976 as an intermediate segment competitor. The car was named after the city of Turin (Torino, in Italian), considered “the Italian Detroit”. The Torino was initially an upscale variation of the intermediate-sized Ford Fairlane, which Ford produced between 1962 and 1970. After 1968, the Fairlane name was retained for the base models with lower levels of trim than those models which wore the Torino name. During this time, the Torino was considered a subseries to the Fairlane. By 1970 Torino had become the primary name for Ford’s intermediate, and the Fairlane was now a subseries of the Torino.  To add to the complexity, we won’t go beyond just mentioning Ford moved the Falcon brand name to an entry-level trim selection based on the Torino.

For 1970, Ford moved away from emulating the boxy lines of their full-size cars to a completely new body for the 1970 Torino/Fairlane line influenced by coke bottle styling. Just as tailfins were influenced by jet aircraft of the 1950s, stylists such as Ford stylist Bill Shenk who designed the 1970 Ford Torino were inspired by supersonic aircraft with narrow waists and bulging forward and rear fuselages needed to reach supersonic speeds.

The 1970 Torino had more prominent long hood short deck styling, and was longer, lower, and wider than the 1969 models. All models had a lower and less formal roofline compared to previous years. The windshield rake was increased, and the SportsRoof models had an even flatter fastback roofline. The Torino had a pointed front end and overall styling appeared much more aerodynamic than years previous. The grille covered the full width of the front fascia and surrounded the quad headlights. The front fender line extended to the front door, sloping downward and gradually disappearing in the quarter panel. Both front and rear bumpers were slim tight fitting chromed units, that followed the body lines. The taillights were situated in the rear panel above the bumper and were now long rectangular units with rounded outer edges.

The new body for 1970 added inches and pounds to the Torino resulting in stretching the chassis used in 1968–69. All cars grew by about five inches in length and now rode on a longer 117-inch wheelbase. Weight was up for most models by at least one hundred pounds. The wheel track was widened to 60.5 inches in front and 60 inches in the rear to help the Torino improve its road-holding abilities. The extra width between the spring towers increased the engine compartment size allowing Ford’s big-block engines to fit. However, the suspension remained unchanged from the 1969 models.

Interiors on the Torino were all new for 1970. The dashboard used a linear style speedometer centered on the driver and a new “ribbon” style tachometer was an option for V8 models. A temperature gauge was the only available gauge; oil pressure and electrics were monitored with warning lights only. High back bucket seats were available for all 2-door models, as was an optional console. All 2-door hardtops, SportsRoof, and convertible models had “DirectAire” ventilation systems as a standard feature, which eliminated the need for side vent windows. The 2-door sedan, 4-doors and station wagons still had vent windows but the “DirectAire” system was an option for these models. The ignition switch was moved from the instrument panel to the steering column, in compliance with Federal regulations. The steering wheel and column-mounted shifter locked when the key was removed.

The Classic Car Channel on YouTube provides this great 1970 Ford Torino Commercial claiming Ford designs asked the wind to help design it.

They are only original once, and this well-preserved one-owner car would make a great contender for its new caretaker to win an Antique Automobile Club of America Junior award in its Preservation Class, Original Features judging events.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1970 Ford Torino. V8 302 Engine. Original Owner car. 46,457 original miles. Garaged it’s entire life in Corona, California. Has never spent 1 single night outdoors, in the rain or in inclement weather. Not one molecule of rust on the body. AN ABSOLUTE ZERO RUST CAR. Close to zero flaws on the paint with the exception of one scratch on the front left fender from pulling the car out of the garage and accidentally scraping against oxygen tank inside of the garage. A small little nick on hood also (hard to spot). Excellent interior with only a few minor flaws. Perfect bumpers, trim, emblems and chrome. This is an extremely rare car due to its extraordinary museum grade quality state. Drives perfect. Mechanically mint condition. This car is for a Ford collector.

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